Resources by Tom Elliott

Tom Elliott is a ruling elder at Tenth and music educator in the Lower Merion school district.

Proverbs 26:18-19

Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death
    is the man who deceives his neighbor and then says “I was only joking” 

What a strange and disturbing picture this is. A fire brand is a piece of burning wood. Throwing that or an arrow at a neighbor would surely declare an intent to harm. How then could someone throw these at…

Proverbs 26:16

The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes
    than seven men who can answer sensibly.

Proverbs reflect man’s true soul and are written for our admonition and edification. As believers we must accept the Proverbs in that way. A sluggard is a person who is lazy and habitually inactive. “The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing”. A sluggard does not…

Proverbs 26:15

The sluggard buries his hand in the dish;
    it wears him out to bring it back to his mouth.

Could these proverbs—these didactic words of wisdom—be about me, the sinner? I easily assume that this sluggard is someone else, not me. I picture Jabba the Hut from Star Wars. Now that’s a sluggard. He can hardly lift his hand to even feed…

Proverbs 24:10-12

If you faint in the day of adversity,
your strength is small. 
Rescue those who are being taken away to death;
If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,”
does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?
Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it,
and will he not repay man according to his work?